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That's not too bad. Run intel burn in test for 10mins at max settings and tell me what temps you get for TMPIN2
Then I'll have to replace everything wink.gif
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Then I'll have to replace everything wink.gif
Lol. Just try it. If it reaches 80c then stop it otherwise let it run for 5mins.
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Lol. Just try it. If it reaches 80c then stop it otherwise let it run for 5mins.
hit 82 before i could stop it, computer shut itself down
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Intel Burn Test is stupid for testing with, since there is absolutely no way in hell anyone will put the hardware under as much stress as that. (It's also NOT worth the risk unless you are absolutely sure you have adequate cooling).

Stick with Prime95.

Also, since you're limited on budget, the HD 7770 would be the better upgrade, or if you can push your budget a little higher, a GTX 650 Ti.
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hit 82 before i could stop it, computer shut itself down
Don't worry that's thermal shut down. It's a safety feature. You want to keep your vrm temps at a max of early 70s.
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Don't worry that's thermal shut down. It's a safety feature. You want to keep your vrm temps at a max of early 70s.
okay
but guys, would it be a good idea to upgrade my motherboard to http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131873 ?
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Well generally you want an upgrade path to be GPU, then CPU, then GPU. So chances are, depending on what you play, the CPU will be next on your cards.

Bare in mind also, simply getting another GPU to crossfire is not necessarily 2x the performance, not every game scales as well and if you do end up hitting the wall with limited Graphics memory (like I did) then having 2x the same GPU isn't going to help.

I've been doing what Dodgexander has mentioned. Upgrade the GPU first and see how it goes. Most of the times you'll see an improvement in fps (at higher resolutions). What's your budget? The 7770 is a good purchase since it's going for about $120 on Newegg.
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that m5a97 r2.0 should be solid. but if you live anywhere near a microcenter you might consider getting a new bundle. they bundle chips and boards all the time and you could probably walk out with a 6300 and a good solid mainboard for sub $200 easy
 
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